What would be the absolute best hardware configuration for Running SolidWorks 2011? I have a budget between 3000 and 3500 dollars. The current setup i am using runs the software just fine, but rendering times have become unbearable.
The current system is a Dell Precision work station model # t3400.
Intel core 2 duo E6850 3.0 Ghz
8 Gb ram
Nvidia Quadro Fx 1700 512 mb
Windows Xp 64 bit
I have been tasked by my employer to purchase a new machine so that the old one can be moved to a new location. Like i said my budget is about 3500 dollars. I am debated whether another Dell precision machine would be best, or a custom configuration. Are the xeon processors the best way to go for running software like SolidWorks, or would something like the I7 980x be better? Also, is the quadro line of video cards from NVidia the best way to go for modeling software or something else? Thanks
If your not using Simulation or Photoview then it would make sence to buy the fastest single core you can afford, however in normal operation of Solidworks you never really stress the CPU to its limits so your not really going to notice massive performance increases between a 2.6Ghz and a 3.0Ghz CPU. As the price of CPUs goes up exponentially as they get faster your better off going mid range and use the extra money else where (like a a faster hard drive). However If you're right into FEA Simulations or you do a lot of photo realistic rendering with Photoview 360 then a multicore CPU is going to slash your simulation and rendering times dramatically and is a much better choice than a stupidly quick single core CPU.
What i usually slap up for college/casual SW users on the cheap: